Varsity Cup players and fans to bleed for their teams

FNB Varsity Cup will partner with SANBS and the Western Province Blood Transfusion service in 2018.

Ordinary people have the supernatural yet inherent ability to make a difference to the lives of millions by doing one small thing – donating their blood.

For it is blood that saves a haemorrhaging mother’s life, so that she can raise and love the baby she has just brought into the world. It is blood that saves someone suffering complications during major surgery. Blood is what helps a cancer patient endure and survive treatment.

Blood is not just blood – it gives countless people a second chance.

And it is the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) – which provide South Africans with sufficient, safe, quality blood and blood products and medical services related to blood transfusion – that make it possible for ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

That is why the SANBS and WPBTS are excited to partner with the FNB Varsity Cup and FNB Varsity Shield – which also provides a platform for young South African sportsmen to be heroes – for the next three years.

While there is no substitute for blood and a unit of blood only lasts 42 days, fewer than 1% of South Africans donate blood – meaning the country’s blood transfusion services are constantly in need of regular donations.

To ensure a safe and sufficient blood supply for South Africa requires that 3 700 units of blood are collected daily which is why instilling a culture of blood donation – especially within the South African youth – is vital.

The partnership with Varsity Cup will raise awareness of blood donation among the young and encourage all South Africans to #maketheteam and donate blood, not just once-off but as often as possible.

In fact, every South African – even those who don’t or didn’t attend the universities taking part in the tournament – will be able to participate by donating their blood on behalf of their favourite team at any SANBS or WPBTS blood drive or donor centre between 29 January and 16 April. Catch regular updates on social media on SuperSport and 5FM. The university which gets the most people to donate on behalf of their team will win the inaugural Gaz’Lam Trophy.

For more visit sanbs.org.za or wpblood.org.za.

Together, we believe we will make South Africa a nation of ordinary people who do extraordinary things – on and off the field.